Even in the late 1990s, Fort-Portal town in western Uganda was a clean little town with its well-kept flower-lined roads. This capital of Kabarole District is also home of the Tooro kingdom at the foot of the incredibly beautiful Rwenzori Mountains.
Back then, despite the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) armed rebel insurgency raging in the surrounding areas, Foti people knew when and how to party and unwind on weekends or even weekdays. The Foti nights were really busy teaming with revelers.
One Friday evening I took a stroll downtown to the Gardens Restaurant and Bar owned by local businessman Andrew Kaliba of Andrew and Brothers Ltd. My plan was to sip a beer or two. Instead, I ended up having a good time with the home boys. We were talking European Premier League football, girls, and playing pool. More people kept joining us, including the `big boys’ in the district political leadership. Then, just after midnight, we had an unusual guest; the national Army Chief of Staff himself - Brig. James Kazini.